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from the iraq war and three from the battle of whether barack obama is a legitimate president. plus "scoops and predictions" right from the notebooks of these top reporters. be right back. >> "the chris matthews show" is brought to you by hotels.com, chris: welcome back. it's our 10th anniversary and we're celebrating with reminders of iconic moments of these past 10 years. we started this show in the fall of 2002, the invasion of iraq was getting close and two iconic scenes from iraq make our top 10 list of in your face moments during the last 10 years. first, president george w bush confronted by an iraqi journalist. he threw two of the shoes and bush missed both. good for him. the defense secretary in a much more serious moment, donald rumsfeld on a 2004 christmas visit over there to iraq. in just the previous four weeks from then, 26 american troops had been killed by roadside bombs destroying their vehicles and one soldier stood up and faced off against defense secretary rumsfeld. >> why do we soldiers have to dig through local landfills for pieces of scrap medal and compromise
in iraq, where 76 people were killed and almost 100 injured in a series of attacks. it was the latest effort attacks. the deadliest was just north of baghdad where three car bombs exploded within minutes of each other. eight people died there, and 28 were injured. >>> and there were more protests today about the anti-muslim film made in america. while in indonesia, thousands more protested in front of the u.s. embassy in jakarta. back in the u.s. just three days now until the first presidential debate with the candidate spending the next few days intensely preparing for wednesday's showdown. kristen welker is traveling with the president in las vegas. >> reporter: with four mock debates under his belt, the president will rally in nevada before jumping into the ring with his sparg partner mitt romney. president obama got another boost, leading governor romney by four points, 49% to 45%. >> i want to see us export more jobs, export more products -- excuse me. i was -- i was channeling my opponent there for a second. >> reporter: last week romney hinting at his debate approach. >> he's t
to make clear that even though he was elected as an opponent of the iraq war, he does not shrink from using power in the muslim world. >> religion is used to justify the murder of innocents by those who have distorted and defiled the great religion of islam. and who attacked my country. i face the world as it is. and cannot stand idle in the face of threats to the american people. chris: but governor romney was suggesting weakness and now the tarke on our consulate in benghazi where four americans were murdered. >> we express immediately when we feel that the president and his administration have done something which is inconsistent with the principles of america. chris: a similar test after the failed mission to rescue the iranian hostages, during the presidential campaign of 1980, governor ronald reagan did not use a vulnerable moment to crilt size president carter. -- to criticize president carter. >> words should be few and confined to our prayers. because of the extremely sensitive nature of the situation, i am convinced that it is and would be inappropriate for me to go beyond t
one of the bloodiest of the year in iraq left at least 92 people dead. a series of bombings and shootings left hundreds injured. in bagdad car bombs exploded in six districts hitting a restaurant and commercial area. since american troops left iraq there last year attacks have been increasing. >>> tariq al hasheem many who escaped iraq in september is unlikely to return for exile in turkey. >>> other stories making news early today in america. in texas hundreds of pounds of explosives did their job as an eight-story building came crashing down in just seconds. a former medical tower was imploded and will be replaced with a new medical building and a parking garage, but only after they clean up all of that debris which, of course, is going to take weeks. >>> as we approach the anniversary of the 9/11 attack, hundreds of comrades paid tribute to their lost members. they did it to honor those who climbed the 110-story world trade center buildings 11 years ago tomorrow. >>> a much happier scene in new mexico where they carried out the annual burning of the zozobra, a 50-foot tal
members have fought in iraq and afghanistan. those numbers according to the white house. >>> today president obama signs an executive order to improve access to mental health services for veterans. service members and their families. the president also met with troops in texas. that comes on the second anniversary of the end of the war in iraq. more than 4,000 american troops died in that war. >>> decision 2012. his meeting in texas comes as the campaign now shifts to charlotte with republicans still trying to spin clint eastwood's performance at the rnc, the democrats are now gearing up for their own show. steve handelsman moved from tampa to charlotte and has a preview of the preps. >> reporter: before splitting up to campaign, mitt romney and paul ryan put a positive spin. >> coming out of tampa, we have given our fellow countrymen a very clear choice. >> you listened to the last guy running for president. he laid out what he was going to do. he's unable to do it. it's time to give someone new a chance. >> reporter: in his speech last night, romney did not lay out specifics. >>
delivered in planes flying over iraqi airspace. the obama administration pressured iraq not to allow those flights this year, but they did resume in july, allowing iranians to avoid border crossings on the ground, which are controlled by syrian rebels. despite its claim iraq and the u.s. have a strategic partnership, iraq's tolerance of iran's using of their airspace starkly points out the limits of the obama administration's influence there. vice president joe biden made an august phone call to the iraqi prime minister to discuss the syrian crisis, and a source told the "times" mr. biden registered concern over the iranian flights. >> well, now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. in florida surveillance video shows a car plowing into a restaurant after it was accidentally put in reverse. the good news, nobody was inside at the time, and the two people in the car only suffered minor injuries. but the bad news, it happened just a half an hour before that restaurant was going to open for its first day of business. >>> well, in massachusetts, more car troub
have decimated al qaeda. osama bin laden is dead. he said we would end the war responsibly in iraq. we've done that. he has restored relationships around the world. i spend every day up at the united nations where i have to interact with 192 other countries. i know how well the united states is viewed. i know that our standing is much improved. and it's translated into important support for strong american positions, for example -- >> is it inappropriate for governor romney to level the criticism he leveled? >> i'm not going to get into politics, david. that's not my role in this job. but i think the american people welcome and appreciate strong, steady, unified leadership, bipartisan, in times of challenge. and for those men and women in our diplomatic service, including those we tragically lost, they look to our leadership to be unified and strong. >> let's talk about leadership in the world, and as the nuclear threat from iran. another area of tension between the united states and israel. in just a couple of minutes, we will show our interview with the prime minister of israel, benj
and iraq. from the president's point of view, he wanted to narrow the focus, talk about al qaeda, defeat al qaeda. the crowning achievement killing osama bin laden. the nation building work in afghanistan is frankly something that became too difficult, too entrenched for the american people to keep up with. we are there longer than the soviets were there. i think there's a recognition that job was simply too difficult, the notion that we were going to turn around the government, really be able to rebuild the country. there is a phrase that general petraeus used, was iraq good enough and now is iraq good enough, safe enough, stable enough so u.s. forces can come home? >> when you look it at the positions between president obama and mitt romney, is there a lot of daylight in their views of the policy regarding afghanistan? >> frankly, there's not. romney will criticize the president for announcing a firm deadline for withdrawal of u.s. forces. it's long been thought by republicans that doing so would allow the taliban, particularly the taliban that's holed up in pakistan and that crosses free
entered the iraq war. one of the reasons that al qaeda strengthened during the last decade was our focus in iraq. so we are happy to have this debate and we'll have it obviously -- >> was this an intelligence failure? >> no. this was an event obviously, a complex event. we're only talking about a matter of weeks here. so as information was arrived at, as determinations were made, that was shared with the american people. and i think again the focus needs to be how do we make sure that our facilities and ambassadors and our personnel are secure going forward. and that's what the focus is on. >> as you know, the chairman of the homeland security committee has called for susan rice to resign. >> she's done an excellent job for this country and this administration. >> ben ghazi is so bad that the fbi can't even go in and investigate. what about the fact that there are military operations to find ambassador stephens' killers? what is america doing to change the trajectory in libya? >> well, i'm not going to speak for the fbi, but i think the key thing here, we live in a dangerous world obviou
. >>> overseas today was one of the deadliest days in iraq since u.s. combat forces left the country. officials say at least 90 people were killed and hundreds more wounded in dozens of bombings and shootings. >>> in syria at least 17 people were killed when a car bomb exploded in aleppo. ann curry made her way into syria. look for her reporting this week. >>> some important health news about lung cancer. a large new study on the genetic makeup of one type of lung cancer is raising hopes that new treatments may soon be available for this killer. robert bezel is live with more. >> the study looked at one type of lung cancer that accounts for about one in four cases of the disease. as part of a giant government funded research project scientists sequenced all the jeangen genes in 178 patients. several of the drugs that may work are already on the market or in late testing phases. researchers say based on this new information clinical trials will begin soon to find out how many new treatments this treasure-trove of genetic information will bring. >>> still ahead as we continue here on "nbc nightly
person to me. >> reporter: scott winkler, a u.s. army vet was injured in iraq. >> we're no different than anyone else. >> reporter: a former u.s. army airborne has this advice. >> get up. life is too short to lay down. go get it. >> reporter: a message that everyone, regardless of ability, can embrace. stephanie gosk, nbc news, london. >> great story to end on on a tuesday night. thank you for being here with us. we're back on in prime time tonight with the big speeches of the evening, including the first lady. our coverage begins at 10:00 eastern, 7:00 pacific. i'm brian williams. we hope to see you right back here tomorrow evening. and we hope you can hear us even better. good night from charlotte. -- captions by vitac -- www.vitac.com patrol cars and -- the very latest on that shooting that's left a chp officer in critical condition and a suspect dead. >>> so many have been hoping and waiting for, a firefighter who went into a coma from a heart attack battling a blaze last week has opened his eyes today.
throughout the middle east, in egypt, libya, iran and iraq. two days ago protesters set fire to the u.s. embassy in benghazi. that attack killed u.s. ambassador chris stevens and three other americans. john mccain says he believes the attacks in benghazi were organized and that ambassador stevens was targeted. >> i think the way this attack was carried out clearly indicate that's the case. >> reporter: the u.s. government is now working with libya to identify the people responsible for that attack. but nbc's michael leiter suggests bringing the perpetrator to justice may not be an easy road. >> ultimately we still are going to be very reliant on the government of libya. >> reporter: and u.s. lawmakers are now suggesting that the country should pull funding from some of these countries where these anti-american demonstrations are taking place. meanwhile, several leaders in the middle east have already apologized for these attacks and promised to try to stop the violence. reporting live in washington, danielle lee. now back to you. >> thank you, danielle. at the center of this unfolding
. tyrone woods spent two decades as a navy seal, multiple tours in iraq and afghanistan. >> he had the arms of a healer and warrior. earning the distinction as a certified medic. >> reporter: sean smith, serving in the air force and then the foreign service. >> he knew the perils of this calling. >> reporter: they loved service and enjoyed adventure, none more than the one-time peace corp volunteer who became the ambassador to a war-torn nation. chris steven's sister spoke about him. >> he spoke about the security but really didn't make a deal of it. he more spoke of how much he enjoyed, you know, the work he was doing. >> he was known not only for his courage, but for his smile. goofy, but contagious, with the california cool. >> reporter: she vowed not to retreat. so we will wipe away our tears, stiffen our spines and face the future undaunted. >> greater love has no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends. the flag they served under now carries them home. >> reporter: the president and hillary clinton in a rare public glimpse of shared emotions. today, u.s. officials
back from two tours of duty in iraq, 26-year-old from oakland is homeless, jobless, and lacking direction. >> it's hard. i mean, it's hard coming back and being used to something for so long and then coming back to civilian life and trying to adjust and find work where being in the military, it's -- your days are planned. >> reporter: but thanks to operation standdown, menina is not without hope. an entire tent city has sprung up on the county fair grounds. vets from across the bay area are getting much needed help, from hair cuts to hot meals to legal services. it's all here. >> the services provided here are, in a sense, everything you might need. we have dentists, doctors, orthopedists, dermatologists. >> reporter: jack bartholomew knows what a difference operation standdown can make. he went from a homeless client to a tent leader who now has a job, a home, and a new outlook. >> i finally just had to straighten my life around once i found this program, to help me get my life on the right path. >> reporter: meanwhile, he is hoping to clean up his credit and take care of some
in iraq, the 26-year-old from oakland is homeless, jobless, and lacking direction. >> it's hard. you no he what i mean? it's hard coming back and being used to something for so long and then coming back to civilian life and trying to adjust and find work where being in the military your days are planned. >> reporter: but thanks to operation standdown, madina is not without hope. an entire sent city has sprung up on the fair grounds. and for the next three days vets from across the bay area are getting much needed help. from haircuts and hot meals to legal services. it's all here. >> the services provided here are in a sense everything you might need. we have dentists, doctors, orginal pooet teeists, dermatologists. >> he knows what a difference operation standdown can make. he went from a homeless client to a tent leader who now has a job, a home, and a new outlook. >> i had to straighten my life around once i found this program to help me get my life on the right path. >> reporter: meanwhile, madina is hoping to clean up his credit and take care of tax issues so he, too, can get back on t
to romney today, "new york times" columnist david brooks wrote, who are these freeloaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the va? is it the student getting a loan to go to college? brooks concluded that the people who receive most of the government spending are not big government lovers, but republicans, senior citizens. mostly white men with high school degrees. in other words, they are romney supporters. andrea mitchell, nbc news, washington. >>> and just tonight we got the first official reaction from the president to the words of mitt romney. here is a short bit of what president obama said in an appearance for tonight taped on david letterman. >> when i meet republicans, as i'm traveling around the country, they are hardworking family people who care deeply about this country. and my expectation is, that if you want to be president, you have to work for everybody, not just for some. >> the president unveiling an outreach to republicans tonight on david letterman. >>> and we are debuting new numbers this evening on this presidential race. our nbc news political director chuck
in iraq years ago, his wife urged him to go. >> she said you have to do it, somebody took care of your son, now you go take care of somebody else's >> reporter: his daughter, also a doctor, says she is concerned about her dad's decision to put himself in harm's way for three years, but she is not surprised. >> this is not so much a sacrifice, but a duty he is willing to do. >> i am 35 years into treating civilians, now i am very honored to be able to serve the military and our wounded warriors. >> reporter: one man, extending his commitment to healing, all the way to a war zone. rehema ellis, nbc news, new york. great note to end on this thursday evening we hope to see you later tonight for rock center, 10 eastern, 9 central time. and we hope to see you right back here tomorrow night. good evening. >>> good evening. thank you for joining us. he was a friend to all. that how the parents of slain ambassador chris stevens is remembering their son. stevens' mother and stepfather just returned home from washington where their son was honored by president obama. today, they sat down with nbc bay
, iraq and afghanistan, that election was about national security. >> seems they should take advantage of the city being shut down for a couple of days, chuck todd with us. >>> and overseas to the front lines in afghanistan, where the drawdown of u.s. troops is getting a lot of attention, but lately it has been overshadowed by the insider attacks and the toll it has taken on american lives. lester holt is in kandahar where he talked one-on-one with the u.s. and coalition forces. >> reporter: brian, good evening, with the war about to enter the 12th year, questions remain about the taliban resistance. but the man in charge of the war says the strategy for america getting out in the year 2014 is on track. it is quickly becoming put-up time for afghan forces and crunch time for the american commander overseeing the transition. >> reporter: what keeps you up at night on this job? >> the time, the amount of time remaining. >> reporter: time between now and 2014? >> that is correct, we have a lot of work to do. >> reporter: the u.s. and nato forces have trained more than 300,000 troops, taki
mindless violence. >> reporter: president obama also appeared to draw a real line in the sand about iraq's nuclear weapons. >> let me be clear. america wants to resolve this issue through true diplomacy and we need the time and space to do so. a nuclear armed iran is not a challenge that can be contained. >> reporter: but the president's strong words weren't enough to satisfy mitt romney. >> we can look at the record for the last four years s.iran closer to a nuclear weapon or not? and we know the answer. it's closer to a nuclear weapon. >> reporter: it was a whirlwind day of media appearances for both romney and the president. it was hard to miss them, either physically in new york or on tv. >> i'm just supposed to be eye candy here for you guys. >> and both trying to one-up each other in praising bill clinton at the former president's annual conference on global giving. >> if there's one thing we have learned in this election season by the way, it is that a few words for bill clinton can do a man a lot of good. all i got to do now is wait a couple of days for that bounce to happen. >>
from mobile, alabama. the iraq war veteran peddled his way through four states in six days in honor of his mother's battle with breast cancer. his epic trek raised close to $2,000. he hopes it will inspire others to fight back against the disease. >>> i'm lynn berry, and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day today on your nbc station. >>> more than a million new zealanders came together, but not for fun and games. people in airports, schools and even zoos joined for the country's first national earthquake drill. the government hopes safety measures like taking cover under desks and benches will the take away. ironically, just minutes before the drill a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit new zealand's west coast. >>> one of australia's largest aquariums has reopened for business. sydney's sea life aquarium was closed for nine months during its $10 million refurbishment. it was worth the wait though with the main attraction being introduced called the shark walk. look how cool that is. it's a glass viewing area featuring over 50 of the ocean's largest predators. he's smilin
been charged with multiple counts of sexual misconduct. jeffrey sinclair, who served in iraq and afghanistan, is accused of what the army describes as forced sex with female subordinates. >>> fans are remembering legendary singer andy williams, who died tuesday at the age of 84 after a year-long battle with bladder cancer. williams' hits included "moon river" and the holiday classic "the most wonderful time of the year." >>> the decades-long search for jimmy hoffa has now led to the driveway of a home near detroit. a tip from a dying man was credible enough for authorities to announce they're going to test soil samples from underneath the driveway, though they doubt any remains found would actually be from the former teamster's boss. >>> and if you thought google maps were a good way to get around town, well, check this out. users can now navigate their way under water. these pictures of coral reefs are displayed much like the street view feature. so it comes in handy when you want to go scuba diving. >>> and now here's an early look at how wall street's going to kick off the
will be resolute. for we are americans. we hold our head high. >> the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned, at kfc and hardee's. this was gaza. many furious over the anti-islam film made. it's not just arab nations. protest as the cross the world in nearly 40 cities today. republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan, blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent, american leadership. that its what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in a romney/ryan administration. >> team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong, and poorly timed. now is the time when -- americans should be coming together. >> many in the muslim world are coming together against america. >>> well that video that sparked the violent protests will reman posted on youtube despite a request from the was today. the national security council asked that youtube to take a look at the anti-islamic film and consider if it violates their terms of use. but late this afternoon, the social media giant declined that request from
short because of safety concerns. >>> in iraq, another violent day. a car bomb exploded in the northern city of kirkuk. the target a city council member. he was hurt hey long with six of his bodyguards. today's attack comes after one of the bloodiest days in iraq since u.s. forces left the country last year. a series of bombs exploded across baghdad killing more than 100 people in mainly shiite neighborhoods. al qaeda is claiming responsibility. >>> in guantanamo bay, cuba, u.s. officials are trying to determine the cause of a death of a prisoner. he's the ninth inmate who has died there since the facility opened up back in 2002. guards found him unconscious in his cell over the weekend. they took him to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. his name and nationality have not been released yet. as for the eight other deaths, two were from natural causes and six were deglad suicides. the u.s. still holds nearly 170 prisoners at that military base. >>> and those are your international headlines. >> thank you. >>> on the eve of the 9/11 an verse rite federal government is adding 58 kin
, that invading iraq did not change the middle east as many felt it would just by projecting american power. this is in many ways about the kind of leadership that we're seeing take root in the middle east and what leverage the united states have. i think that's a critical question. how the united states using leverage in that part of the world. and what about american public opinion? americans are very frustrated seeing all these images after we give billions of dollars to these countries and have played a role militarily and otherwise helping to free folks, the citizens of libya and egypt from dick ta to dictatorial rule. >> we'll look forward to more of your interview coming up on "met the press." >>> now let's get a check off the morning's top stories. >> good morning, everyone. fbi agents have arrested a man they say planned to detonate a car bomb outside a bar in downtown chicago. more now from michelle franzen. >> reporter: authorities say a bar in chicago's busy downtown was the target friday night of an alleged car bomb plot. planned, investigators say, in a detailed criminal mrant
the abuse of power his whole career. he's the father of an iraq war veteran, who believes our one sacred obligation is to take care of those who have served this nation. >> i can say with absolute certitude, i am more optimistic about america's chances today than i have been my entire life. >> grit, determination, resilience, optimism. that's been the story of america. the story of ordinary people with extraordinary courage, overcoming extraordinary obstacles and always, always moving towards a better day. joe biden knows that story. he's lived it. our vice president, joe biden. >>> ladies and gentlemen, please welcome the vice president of the united states, joe biden. [ cheers and applause ]3 c1 >> you might have seen there, by the way, the first lady and dr. biden have seats tonight on the floor. they were in the vip box, which is well up and away from the podium. but it gives tonight a different feel. she just exchanged a hearty thumbs up with the vice president. there you have it. >> hello my fellow democrats! and my favorite democrat. jill ie, i want you to know that bo and hunt an
refugee camps in turkey, lebanon, iraq, and most of all in jordan. nbc's ann curry is reporting from there this week, and is with us from there again tonight. >> reporter: brian, good evening. it's not just the number of people who have been affected, but how vicious this war has become. the government has the heavy weapons and is using them, but atrocities have been alleged by both sides. the u.n. has reported that even children have been tortured, killed and used as human shields. civil war is turning syria into an unimaginable hell. the fighting is intensifying. the government attacks are more indiscriminate. even small children now know to run. people do what they can to help the injured. while thousands flee the country. desperate to get out of harm's way. refugee camps are filling up. today actor and activist angelina jolie, a special u.n. envoy on refugees, drew a crush of news cameras as she visited a camp in jordan. she was visibly moved by what she saw. >> it is a horrific situation and a very, very critical time. hundreds and hundreds of people are dying every day. >> repo
dividend doesn't exist. the wars in iraq and afghanistan were paid by borrowing and increasing the national debt. stopping the war doesn't free up any new money. this claim about obama's jobs record raised questions. >> here is another job score. president obama, plus 4.5 million. congressional republicans, zero. >> reporter: it's true since january 2010 the economy has gained over 4.5 million private sector jobs. but mr. obama had already been president for a year by then when the economy was hemorrhaging jobs. if you begin counting when he took office, it's a net gain of about 415,000 jobs. vice president joe biden actually got that right last night by including the time span. >> we have since created 4.5 million private sector jobs in the past 29 months. >> reporter: but biden went out on a limb with this charge. >> they're not prepared to do anything about the debt if it contained even $1, i'm not exaggerating, even $1 or one cent in new taxes for millionaires. >> reporter: in fact, several republican plans, from speaker john boehner to pennsylvania senator pat toomey included tax incre
are americans. and we hold our head high. >> reporter: but the protests widened. this was iraq. in lebanon, symbols of the u.s. got burned at kfc and had hardens. this was gaza. many egyptians are still furious over that anti-muslim film made in the u.s. and it's not just arab nations. muslims to the east erupted. this was pakistan today. this was bangladesh. these were indian muslims in kashmir. while back in the u.s., republican vice presidential candidate paul ryan blamed president obama. >> what we do not see is steady, consistent american leadership. that is what keeps the peace. and that is what we will have in a romney/ryan administration. >> reporter: team obama called that an attempt to score political points. >> both factually wrong and poorly timed. now is a time when americans should be coming together. >> reporter: as many in the muslim world are coming together against americans. the white house insisted today there was no intelligence that could have prevented the death of the four americans in libya this week. live from washington, i'm steve handelsman, nbc bay area news. j
august 21st, 2010. >> that night i told american people that all of our troops would be out of iraq by the end of the following year. >> reporter: the time-warner arena in charlotte is almost ready. this state, north carolina and florida are battlegrounds in the race for the white house, in these two and all the other swing states. both campaigns will be carefully watching the polls, to try to see what kind of a convention bounce if any romney got from the rnc, at the site of the dnc in charlotte, i'm steve handelsman. >>> let's take you down to new orleans where the cleanup continues all across the gulf coast, in the wake of what was hurricane isaac. the storm is being blamed for at least two deaths, hundreds of thousands are without power after two straight days of driving rain. power crews still working feverishly to get the 1 million people who lost power back online. and despite all that work, residents say they are staying positive. >> it will be back to normal, we know, it may take a week or two, but it is what it is at this point. >> the dusk to dawn curfew that had been in
with. >> reporter: kimberly terry, nbc bay area news. >>> and in iraq, violence erupted today. bombings across 13 cities killed more than 90 and left hundred s injured. most of the explosionings are targeting iraqi forces. no organization has claimed responsibility for the attacks, but officials believe that insurgents linked to al qaeda's branch is responsible for the explosion. >>> and leaving the democratic revolutionary party on the best of terms. the reasons behind the decision are not clear. he lost office in 2006 by less than a percentage point. but this year, he finished seven points behind the winner. >>> and instead of books, 25,000 teachers in chicago are pecking up pi -- picking up picket signs, at issue, pay and negotiations. talks broke down tonight. the mayor is pushing hard for big changes in the city's schools. >> of course, teachers, we don't want to strike. that is not our premise. but right is right. you know, i mean as teachers we want to do what is right for our students. >> officials are vowing to keep schools open. most of the city's 400,000 students are eligible
bronze stars as well as the purple heart. in may of 2004 he was killed in iraq. palo alto representative anna introduced a bill yesterday to rename a mountain view post office after lieutenant ballard. >>> big changes ahead for the golden gate bridge as it says good-bye to toll collectors next year. on friday they will formal lies the transition to convert to an all electronics system next february. the art deco booths are in place, but no toll takers inside. it's intended to save money and speed up traffic. drivers can pay the toll with fast track or a camera will read the license plate and charge the toll to an account drivers set up in advance. >> the message is that all electronic tolling is coming and fast track is probably your best bet if you don't have it yet, because why not? it's a no-brainer. you can save a dollar, and we are going to go to cashless tolling, electronic tolling, so you might as well, you know, figure it out now. >> if you don't have fast track or a prepaid account, the bridge district will send you a bill for your tolls. no payment, though, within 21 days means
see a braight future. >> i was in the u.s. army for 3 1/2 years, i did one tour in iraq i guess you can say that kind of prepares me mentally. >> city leaders are pleased with what they see so far. the 166th academy. is the most diverse ever with record 15 women, 11 languages spoken. >> this is the first-class we have had in several years. it really looks much more like the city than past classes. >> to give you an idea of how understaffed the department is -- currently there are 632 sworn oakland police officers down from 809 just three years ago. and the department is still recruiting two more academies are scheduled to take place next year. reporting live, jodi hernandez, nbc bay area news. >>> vallejo's mayor hoping to regain the trust of some in the community. at issue an officer involved shooting that took place september 2nd. vallejo police shot and killed a 23-year-old man sitting in a parked car outside of his home. officers say the man got out of the car and reached for what turned out to be a pellet gun. the man's sister claims she watched the entire incident, and the pol
, particularly from the obama campaign, lashing out at him for not mentioning the troops that are in iraq. now, the romney campaign has pushed back and said that the candidates met with the american legion on wednesday, just a day before his speech. the other big speech from the republican national convention, you've been talking about it already this morning, lester, of course that speech that was given by 82-year-old acting icon clint eastwood, when he gave a performance, essentially interviewing an empty chair that was meant to represent president obama. a lot of people called that performance bizarre, but the romney campaign defended it yesterday. they said the fact that he brought up the high unemployment rate, the fact that he called for a change in leadership made the speech worthwhile. and lester, they also said that the candidate himself felt that the speech was amusing. right now, political analysts watching to see if romney will get any type of a bump on the heels of the rnc. lester? >> kristen welker, thank you so much. ed rendell is the former chairman of the democratic national c
it that way. i don't think we throw outed bush whole eight years. we won the war in iraq. bush did a lot of fine things. he can separate himself from bush policy particularly in the last couple of years. he's done so with having paul ryan there. he was a critic of bush spending. he's a critic of obama spending. there's a recent survey, ask people would you prefer a bigger government with more services or a bigger economy with more jobs. 75-15, bigger economy with more jobs. conservatives have families, they believe in families, they work, and by the way, this rack of lack compassion for people who are suffering. why in every survey or every study, self-identified conservatives give more of their time, their money, their blood and their treasures to helping people. >> i want to ask this point. do you believe governor romney is a practical enough politician to cut a deal with democrats to rely on paul ryan to essentially assuage conservatives -- that's important. you don't get that from the interview but spending time with him i get that impression. >> -- sure to fight -- >> that's the poi
. look, what this is all about is american weakness and the president's inability to lead. iraq is dissolving, our relations with israel are at a tension point. he -- i'd like to see the president of the united states speak up once for the 20,000 people that are being massacred in syria. >> it sounds like you -- >> -- the essence of the american leadership in the region and they are very weak. i'm saying that the statement that was made about the statement that was made by the u.s. embassy was a very weak statement and an object -- abject proof of that is they withdrew that statement and changed it later on. they speak for the united states of america. >> let me play for you president obama's response to mitt romney on telemundo speaking to jose diaz balart. >> i have observed that there's a tendency to shoot before you aim, as i pointed out. and that as president, my obligation is to focus on security for our people and not having ideological arguments on a day when we are mourning the loss of outstanding, outstanding folks who have served our country very well. >> senator mcca
they announced it to her squadron, and she was harassed. >> and i just went to iraq through hell. and now i'm dealing with i'm a slut, i'm a whore. i've never been so hollow. >> reporter: some victims, like former army specialty andrea say they faced retaliation from their own leaders. >> my command told me if i kept trying to press charges on them, they would bring me up on adultery charges. >> reporter: victims say this culture of blaming them and not punishing their rapists leads to more assaults. take the case of kim. she said her accused rapist, fellow marine ross curtis, was allowed to leave the military in 2006 with an honorable discharge and no stain on his record. a few years later, she got a call from an lapd detective. >> she asked me, do you know a ross curtis? and my heart sank. >> reporter: curtis had raped a 13-year-old and 15-year-old girl while volunteering at an rotc program for kids. he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. >> had they not tried to maintain the fiction that this man was worthy of an honorable discharge, had they been more concerned about the other human be
toughness in regard to al qaeda, an ending to the wars in afghanistan and iraq, and also his repivoting or rebalancing towards asia. that was the narrative he preferred. when you get through that basic set of accomplishments and then you have to ask the question are we better off than we were four years ago, and we see embassies being attacked around the world, it's hard to say yes. so whether it's president obama's fault at all or not -- and i don't really think it is, it does change the narrative. it can't be good for the president. and obviously it's tragic. you tell from yesterday's ceremony how much people admired this ambassador and the other state department employees who were killed. how sad of a day this is for the country. i don't think it was anything good for the president. >> good to talk to both of you. thanks very much. >>> let's get a check of the rest of the morning's top stories. veronica de la cruz is at the news desk. >> good morning, kate and lester. good morning, everyone. the heightened sense of danger for americans abroad, a rash of bomb threats at home are being
plays for the vikings and has been raising money for several years from both afghanistan and iraq wars. coming up this morning, california cash. republican presidential candidate mitt romney's bay area fund-raising visit and what's next on his agenda for today. all the day's news at 7:00 this morning and more local news in 30 minutes. [ woman ] ring. ring. progresso. your new light creamy potato with bacon & cheese soup says it's 100 calories a serving. that's right. in what world do potatoes, bacon and cheese add up to 100 calories? your world. my world. ♪ [ whispers ] real bacon... creamy cheese... [ whispers ] 100 calories... say it again... [ whispers ] 100 calories... ma'am, hello? ma'am [ male announcer ] progresso. you gotta taste this soup. >>> with more "today" on a saturday morning, september 22, 2012, the first day of fall. lawsuites for everyone. our thanks to everybody spending the morning here with us. inside studio 1a, i'm jenna wolfe lester is on assignment and coming up, a convicted murderer fights for a new trial. the basis for a popular book and miniseries, "fatal
of troops who made the ultimate sacrifice in iraq and afghanistan at the hallowed grounds of arlington cemetery and had the opportunity to say thank you and visit some of our wounded warriors at walter reed. then last night we learned the news of this attack in benghazi. as americans, let us never, ever forget that our freedom is only sustained because our people who are will iine willing to fight lay down their lives for it. our country is only as strong as the character of our people and the service of those both civilian and military who represent us around the globe. no acts of terror will ever shake the resolve of this great nation, alter that character, or eclipse the light of the values that we stand for. today we mourn for more americans who represent the very best of the united states of america. we will not waiver in our commitment to see that justice is done for this terrible act, and make no mistake, justice will be done. but we also know that the lives these americans led stand in stark contrast to those of their attackers. these four americans stood up for freedom and hum
in iraq and afghanistan. 41 years old, he was father to two teenage boys. he was described as a man who loved life, loved adrenaline. all four remembered not just for their work in the line of duty. but as heroes to a nation and to their families. >> savannah, thank you. of course, the situation in the middle east has led to fresh jabs on the presidential campaign trail. peter alexander is here with that part of the story. this is for the first time a major flash point between the president and governor romney. >> a largely dormant iss until now. with the ongoing turmoil in the middle east and the political fallout at home, both president obama and mitt romney are trying to project strength on national security. but less than eight weeks until election day, romney, who by the way, authored a book titled no apology, is making no apologies for sharp criticisms of the president's foreign policy. >> with supporters in virginia, mitt romney toned down his foreign policy attack on president obama thursday to project strength in subtle terms. arguing the president is a weak leader. >> sometime
,000 u.s. troops have returned from the wars in iraq and afghanistan with traumatic brain injuries, an issue that is front and center for the nfl. a league dealing with the problem of concussions among many of its current and former players. the league is now teaming up with the u.s. army and national institutes of health to research ways to limit these types of injuries. roger goodell is commissioner of nfl. dr. landes director of the nih's institute. general odierno is the chief of staff of the army. good morning to all of you. general, that's a huge number, 244,000 military personnel with those brain injuries. i know the seriousness of those injuries varies from person-to-person but it's a problem that has to be addressed. >> absolutely. one of the problems we have are soldiers coming forward first to say i have a problem. one of the things we're really focusing on is making sure the physical, mental, dedication to accomplishment does not impede people from saying i have a problem and i need help. that's why this initiative is important to us. we're now putting sensors in helmet
crews in to help out. >>> in iraq this morning, a suicide car bomber killed at least seven iraqis and wounded more than ten others, including a member of parliament. that attack took place near the fortified green zone where the u.s. and other western embassies are located. >>> china pledged this morning to protect japanese citizens and property after china's worst outbreak of anti-japan violence in decades. a dispute over a group of uninhabited islands is behind the friction that involves asia's two largest economies. major japanese firms have temporarily closed their factories in china and urge japanese workers to stay indoors. >>> gasoline prices have jumped another five cents a gallon in the past week. aaa says the nationwide average now $3.87 a gallon for regular. reasons for this latest increase are tensions in the middle east and u.s. refinery shutdowns due to hurricane isaac. >>> wall street will try to build on last week's rally. more now from the new york stock exchange. >> reporter: good morning, tamron. that's right, occupy wall street protesters may try and blockade t
are these free loaders? is it the iraq war veteran that goes to the v.a.? a student getting a loan to go to colleges, the retiree on social security or medicare? here's mark mckinnon, it reveals a deeply cynical man who sees the country as completely divided, two completely different sets of people who would likely govern in a way that would only further divide us. these are republican voices. >> well, i don't know, david brooks is a columnist, i don't know if he would call himself a republican or not. but, matt, if you look at the full tape, the governor was asked about winning the election. and he said an election, the president starts with 47%, i start with 47%. i think most political analysts would agree that's pretty much the bottom line for most -- both parties' nominees. and you've got to fight for the 6% of undecided voters. that's political analysis. >> you're talking about numbers there and the comments were more disparaging -- it wasn't just being a numbers game. he made disparaging comments about their lack of responsibility. >> what he said was that -- he was talking about t
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